Xu Xin (L, top) / Liu Shiwen (R, top) of China compete in the table tennis mixed doubles quarter-finals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan on July 25, 2021. Photo: Xinhua
Floods of Chinese netizens comforted Chinese table tennis players Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen, who were beaten by their Japanese counterparts on Monday night in the mixed doubles final at the Tokyo Olympics and won the medal. money.
In the final, the Chinese table tennis pair won the first two sets but suffered a backhand from the host group and lost the Chinese table tennis team’s first gold medal by a score of 3- 4. Japanese pair Jun Mizutani and Mima Itō won the gold medal.
As members of the world famous table tennis team who have experience in countless international matches, Liu and Xu were disappointed.
After the finale, Liu cried and said she felt sorry for everyone. Later at a press conference, Liu said the result was “difficult to accept.” Echoing Liu, Xu said that even though they are well prepared, the result matters in competitive sports.
During the press conference, Xu praised Ito’s performance, claiming that she is a “world-class player among the players.”
Netizens rushed to support Liu and Xu, and many said “whatever the outcome, you are Chinese pride.”
Several related topics were discussed on China’s Twitter-like social media platform Sina Weibo, including “players did nothing wrong to apologize.”
“We must not take Chinese players who win gold medals for granted. The athletes are under a lot of pressure and the Japanese team was also a formidable opponent. Xu and Liu will always be our pride!” A user’s comment quickly gained over 170,000 likes.
This battle was not easy for Xu and Liu who were recovering from injuries. Plus, they hadn’t played together in a while, another netizen said.
Towards the end of the match with the Japanese team leading, Japanese actor Yuki Furukawa posted on Weibo asking Chinese netizens “Are you watching the Olympics?”
The question angered Chinese netizens who regarded it as a “watch”. But Furukawa was adamant. Due to the pressure, the Japanese actor apologized, “I’m so sorry if I offended you. I really didn’t mean it. It was bad timing. I should have been more careful with my words. . I apologize.”
However, many netizens still did not accept his apology.
In addition to losing to the Japanese duo in the mixed doubles table tennis, the Chinese team also failed to win gold on Monday in other events, including diving and weightlifting, in which Chinese players are good.
The Xinhua News Agency commented that “victory and defeat are both common in combat,” and encouraged Chinese players to fight hard with confidence. Xinhua called on the public to establish a rational view of gold, victory and defeat, and enjoy the Olympics.